Challenge Cup Final 2019 St Helens v Warrington Wolves Preview & Prediction

St Helens

Challenge Cup Final 2019
Date: Saturday 24th August 2017
Kick Off: 15:00
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)
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Warrington Wolves


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TV: Live on BBC 1HD

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SQUADS
St Helens: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Lachlan Coote.
Warrington Wolves: Sitaleki Akauola, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Dec Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Ben Westwood

Challenge Cup Final 2019

St Helens and Warrington Wolves head to London and to the iconic Wembley Stadium for the 2019 Challenge Cup final, with the whole of the match available to watch live on BBC 1 in the UK and across the globe.

This is one of the highlights of the Rugby calendar and is always a great occasion not just for the fans and players of the teams involved but all for all neutral fans and this game is set to be no different.

Warrington come into the game as second favourites after suffering a huge dip in form coming into the game whilst Saints have remined strong through this season.

The final is still fittingly between the side top of the Super League against the side in 2nd but with both teams form so different, it doesn’t have that feel about it.

The great news not just for Warrington fans but for neutrals alike is that the cup is a great leveller of form and nowhere is that more apparent than at Wembley Stadium where Warrington will have no choice but to step things up in front of the huge crowd in attendance.

As the underdogs, Warrington will take some motivation from last years final as not only were the Wolves on the losing side of that one but they suffered a shock loss to the Dragons, who themselves wee big underdogs.

Saints will also take note from that final last year and they will know that despite been the dominant side this season, they will need to be on it from the off as Wolves still have lot’s of quality.

Form

Warrington have now lost each of their last 5 matches coming into this one.

Saints have won 45 of their last 6 matches including each of their last 3.

Team News

Saints are back to full strength for this one, with 5 change in all. Coming in are Lachlan Coote, Joseph Paulo, Alex Walmsley, James Roby and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook with youngsters Jack Welsby, Matty Lees, Matty Costello, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor and Josh Eaves dropping out.

Warrington are not as fortunate as Saints as they are still without their talismanic playmaker, Blake Austin although they will surly be doing all they can to get him fit before kick off.

They do make 2 changes however with Josh Charnley & Jack Hughes coming back into the Wire squad to replace Matty Smith and Lama Tasi.

Prediction

As any final should be, this is a tough match to predict and it is one we expect to be in the balance throughout.

If the Wolves had Austin fit and up to speed it really would be a flip of the coin as to who would win as both are strong in defence, both are creative in attack with both having strong forwards with speedy backs.

Unfortunately for Warrington one thing they are lacking is that extra touch of quality that make or break a tight game, especially at playmaker.

The biggest difference however is the belief in the Saints squad. They are a team used to winning and almost expecting to win and whilst that belief can come back to bite you some times, they have shown little sign of that this season so we are going to back the Red Vee for a narrow win.

Our Prediction: St Helens by 4

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